Steven Ward takes on Liam Conroy for the vacant WBO European light-heavyweight title.
STEVEN Ward headlines a stacked bill at the Ulster Hall tonight when he takes on Liam Conroy for the vacant WBO European light-heavyweight title.
Conroy (17-4-1) was knocked out by hard-hitting Joshua Buatsi after three rounds of their British title rumble in March but he intends to recover lost ground against ‘The Quiet Man’ tonight. The Englishman is busy, game and confident and but Jamie Moore-trained Ward looked in great form in his last outing at the Ulster Hall – against Josip Perkovic – and he will hope to utilise that slick movement and devastating body-punching again at the popular Bedford Street venue.
“I want to keep moving forward and moving up,” he said.
“Liam Conroy has been where I want to be at British level and beyond, so all being well I’ll get past this fight and I’m sure I can push on for that level after this.”
Former English champion Conroy countered: “This is not personal for me.
“I’m not going to say anything bad about him as this is just a sport and I’m here to box to my best and bring that title back to Barrow.
“We’re both family people and down to earth. I don’t know him well enough to say how similar we are, but as fighters I think our styles blend well.
“We had a lot of good spars that were always fairly close, so it looks like it’ll be a good fight on Friday.”